Bringing aquaculturists and the public together through the sci-café experience

2021 eeBLUE aquaculture literacy awardee - Brunswick, Maine

Canopy Farms L3C offsite link, and their partners at Maine Sea Grant’s Darling Marine Center offsite linkHurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership offsite link, and Kaskolos Sea Vegetables offsite link are teaming up to increase aquaculture literacy and seafood consumption by strengthening the reach of the Alternative Seafood Network offsite link in coastal Maine communities. Partners are bringing aquaculturists and the public together through cooking classes, K-12 virtual and in-person farm tours, and informal science café settings to teach about aquaculture’s role in Maine’s coastal economy. Read an update from the grantees in their January 2022 Harvest stories post: Hands-on community learning in a distanced world offsite link.

As education and community involvement has become increasingly virtual, these hands-on events have provided participants with an opportunity to connect with local businesses, industries, and each other in a safe and meaningful way.

Kate Holcomb and Theo Willis, Canopy Farms LC3 and Kaskolos Sea Vegetables
A group of teachers wearing masks stand around a raised garden bed that has small sprouts of vegetation.
Science teachers from Brunswick High School explore the Canopy Farms facility with hosts Kate Holcomb and Theo Willis, discussing connections to their course curriculum. (Pamela King)